Lady Bucks victim 3 of Lady Huskie hoops squad

Mike ErwinJournl-Capital
Lady Bucks victim 3 of Lady Huskie hoops squad

HOMINY — ­­ Pawhuska’s Lady Huskies registered their third victory of the high school basketball campaign last Friday with a hard-fought overtime triumph, 49-43, over the Hominy Lady Bucks.

Under four seconds was left in regulation when Sarah Phillippi knocked down a three-point shot to tie the score at 41-41 and send the game to overtime. The Lady Huskies then outscored the host Bucks, 8-2, during the extra four-minute period and came away with the victory.

Just getting to the overtime required a phenomenal fourth-quarter comeback by Pawhuska, which trailed by nine points midway through the period. And to make matters worse, two Lady Huskie starters had already fouled out of the contest.

“The girls forced several turnovers and we hit our free throws down the stretch,” PHS coach Austin Minshall said of his team’s late surge. “I think Andie (Sweeden) had four fouls for the last 12 minutes, but she played smart and was a big part of our comeback.”

Sweeden had originally been expected to miss this season due to a nagging shoulder injury, but decided to re-join the team — and, it was just in time to direct the turnaround in Buckland. A quintet of PHS freshmen — Aubrie Walker, Kyleigh Rieble, Sidney Walker, Mya Hambright and Sierra Sellers — also helped rally the Lady Huskies at Hominy. Aubrie Walker made four steals in hit four-of-five free throws.

“At one point in the fourth quarter, Sarah (Phillippi) was the only regular starter we had on the floor — but they still found a way to make it happen,” Minshall said.

For the second season in a row, the Pawhuska girls notched win No. 3 at Hominy. This third triumph came two months earlier than last year’s, however. The five-point victory over the Lady Bucks in February wound up being the last of the 2013-14 season for the seven-member Lady Huskie squad.

Despite playing the first month of the current season with less than half of its projected starting lineup out on the court, coach Minshall’s 2014-15 team has battled to a 3-4 early mark. The Lady Huskie have been strengthened by a solid group of freshmen who join the seasoned cast of returnees — as last year’s squad included only two senior members.

When the Lady Huskies get rolling after the Christmas/New Year’s break, they will receive a potent lift from a pair of three-year starters — junior Keylee Kirk and senior Sweeden — who missed the start of the season due to injuries. Another addition will be top-notch freshman guard Mya Hambright, another of the Lady Huskies’ early corps of walking wounded.

“If we can finally get everyone together it will make a big difference,” Minshall said. “We should be better and we’ll definitely be deeper.”

Pawhuska’s December success was sparked by the return of junior court leader Kailey Hambright, who shined as a shooter-defender-rebounder key. After missing all last season with a shoulder problem, Hambright quickly found her form and provided needed relief for sidelined ball-handlers Sweeden and Kirk.

Against the Lady Bucks, the PHS girls overcame a recurring low-scoring problem.

At PHS’s Oren Terrill Field House last Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Dewey Lady Doggers picked up their first win of the year (after five straight setbacks) and topped the Lady Huskies by 10 — 35-25. ­­Herren led Pawhuska’s scoring with eight points, while Kailee Hambright added six.

Pawhuska 49, Hominy 43 (OT)

LADY HUSKIES: 11 -­ 7 - 6 - ­ 17 - 8 ­­ — 49

LADY BUCKS: 7 - ­ 11 ­ - 7 - ­ 16 - 2 ­­ — 43

Pawhuska Lady Huskies (3­-4) —­­ Genie Herren 11, Andie Sweeden 11, Sarah Phillippi 8, Kailee Hambright 7, Aubrie Walker 6, Kyleigh Riebel 2, Mya Hambright 2, Coach: Austin Minshall.

Hominy Lady Bucks (2­-5) ­­ — Coach: Michael Nordquist.

DEWEY 35, PHS 25 (Girls)

LADY DOGGERS: 8 - ­ 10 - ­ 8 ­ - 9 ­­ — 35

LADY HUSKIES: 7 - ­ 7 - ­7 - ­ 4 — ­­ 25